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Acronyms are popular in the Philippines. It is widely used in the different sectors of the Philipppine society. Oftentimes, due to long full names of the institutions in the Philippines, acronyms are then utilized to shorten the name of an institution or a company in the country. Making it more convenient to the majority of the Philippine population, but sometimes tends to become disambiguous.

Cultural predominance


Geography is one area prone to acronyms. Many times, when a group of places is formed, instead of coining a descriptive term for the group, an acronym that stands for the individual places is created. An example outside the Philippines is Benelux, which stands for the countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

A premiere example in the Philippines is Luzviminda. This is an acronym that stands for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, the three island groupings of the country. Luzviminda is actually used as a name for many Filipino women. Another example in the Philippines is the region CALABARZON. This is a region consisting of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. CALABARZON was split off from the former Southern Tagalog region in 2002. The region containing the remaining provinces in Southern Tagalog is also named as an acronym, MIMAROPA, which stands for the provinces of Mindoro (Occidental and Oriental), Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. A last example is CAMANAVA, which stands for Caloocan City, Malabon City, Navotas, and Valenzuela City—all of which are located in Metro Manila.

Entity uses

Acronyms are not only prevalent in geography.

Many business owners also use acronyms in their company names. The name of the popular clothing company, Bench, is actually an acronym for the company’s president, Ben Chan.

Acronyms are even used to name TV shows. Popular noontime variety shows like SOP and ASAP have appropriated common acronyms as the name of the TV show.


In political campaigns, many candidates names become acronyms stating their political platforms. A particularly stilted political acronym used was the slogan used by the People Power Coalition (PPC) in the 2001 senatorial elections: VOT FOR D CHAMPP. The slogan is an acronym that stands for the names of the 13 senator candidates fielded by PPC. The 11 administration senators who voted YES to block the opening of the second envelope during Estrada’s impeachment trial were called “Jose’s Cohort”: Jaworski, Osmeña, Santiago, Enrile, Sotto, Coseteng, Oreta, Honasan, Ople, Revilla, Tatad.

List of Philippine acronyms

Churches and Religious Institutions

  • ACJC – Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ
  • INC – Iglesia ni Cristo
  • LAMP – Lighthouse Apostolic Ministry of Pentecost
  • UPC – United Pentecostal Church


  • BUDA – Bukidnon-Davao
  • CALABARZON – Region; Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon
  • CAMANAVA – Caloocan City, Malabon City, Navotas, Valenzuela City (northwestern Metro Manila)
  • ComVal – Compostela Valley, province
  • CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region
  • CDO – Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao
  • EDSA – Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, major circumferential road (C-4) in Metro Manila
  • GenSan – General Santos City
  • IGaCoS – Island Garden City of Samal
  • LB – Los Baños, Laguna
  • LP – Las Piñas
  • Luzviminda – Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao
  • MARILAQUE – Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon
  • MIMAROPA – Region; Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan
  • MisOr – Misamis Oriental
  • MUNTAPAT – Muntinlupa City, Taguig, Pateros
  • MUNTIPARLAS – Muntinlupa City, Parañaque City, Las Piñas City (southern Metro Manila)
  • NCR – National Capital Region (Metro Manila)
  • NegOcc – Negros Occidental, province
  • NegOr – Negros Oriental, province
  • SOCCSKSARGEN – Region; South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos City
  • VisMin – Visayas, Mindanao

Government Institutions and Corporations

  • BFAR – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • BFAR-NIFTDC – BFAR-National Integrated Fisheries and Technology Development Center
  • BI – Bureau of Immigration
  • BIR – Bureau of internal revenue
  • CHED – Commission on Higher Education
  • COA – Commission on Audit
  • COMELEC – Commission on Elections
  • CVC – Civil Service Commission
  • DECS – Department of Education, Culture and Sports (defunct)
  • DepEd – Department of Education
  • DOH Department of Health
  • DOLE – Department of Labor and Employment
  • DOST – Department of Science and Technology
  • DOST-SEI – DOST-Science Education Institute
  • DOST-TAPI – DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute
  • NAMRIA – National Mapping and Resource Information Authority
  • NAPOCOR – National Power Corporation
  • NEDA – National Economic and Development Authority
  • NFRDI – National Fisheries Research Development Institute
  • PAGASA – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
  • PAOCTF – Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force
  • Phivolcs – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
  • PSALM – Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation
  • TESDA – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
  • WESM – Wholesale Electricity Spot Market

Political parties

  • BAYAN – Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance)
  • KAMPI – Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino
  • KBL – Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
  • Lakas-CMD – Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats
  • LAMMP – Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (Struggle of the Patriotic Filipino Masses)
  • PROMDI – Probinsya Muna Development Initiative
  • STAND-UP – Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP
  • TNB – Tupa NG Betlahem
  • UNIDO – United Nationalist Democratic Organization

Companies and commerce

  • BDO – Banco De Oro
  • CEPALCO – Cagayan Electric Power & Light Company
  • GEM TV – TV media company, Global Expansion Media
  • ETT – Enlightened Touch Trading
  • iBank – International Exchange Bank
  • Meralco – Manila Electric Railway Company
  • NAPOCOR – National Power Corporation
  • PAL – Philippine Airlines
  • PBCom – Philippine Bank of Communications
  • Philtranco – Philippine Transportation Corporation
  • Piltel – Pilipino Telephone
  • PLDT – Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company
  • PSBank – Philippine Savings Bank
  • VECO – Visayan Electric Company

Educational institutions

  • ADC – Academia de Davao College
  • ADDU – Ateneo de Davao University
  • ADMU – Ateneo de Manila University
  • ADNU – Ateneo de Naga University
  • AdU – Adamson University
  • ADZU – Ateneo de Zamboanga University
  • AMACLC – AMA Computer Learning Center
  • AMACU – AMA Computer University
  • AmBriMed – American British Medical Skills Institution
  • AU – Arellano University
  • BulSU – Bulacan State University
  • CalSci – Caloocan City Science High School
  • CDW – College of Divine Wisdom
  • CvSU – Cavite State University
  • DCNHS – Davao City National High School
  • DLSU – De La Salle University
  • FEU-FERN – Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Educational Foundation
  • LPU – Lyceum of the Philippines University
  • LSPU – Laguna State Polytechnic University
  • MakSci – Makati Science High School
  • MandSci – Mandaluyong Science High School
  • MariSci – Marikina Science High School
  • MaSci – Manila Science High School
  • MMFC – Mindanao Medical Foundation College
  • MONSAY – Ramon Magsaysay High School
  • MUNSCI – Muntinlupa Science High School
  • NCST – National College of Science and Technology
  • NDDU – Notre Dame of Dadiangas University
  • NEUST – Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  • ParSci – Parañaque Science High School
  • PASCIE – Pasay City Science High School
  • PhilSci – Philippine Science High School
  • PLM – Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • PLMUN – Pamantasan Lungsod ng Muntinlupa
  • PNC – Pamantasan ng Cabuyao
  • PUP – Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Quesci – Quezon City Science High School
  • RCC – Republic Central Colleges
  • SCS – South Crest School
  • SIC – Santa Isabel College
  • SLU – Saint Louis University
  • TUP – Technological University of the Philippines
  • UE – University of the East
  • UP (U.P.) – University of the Philippines
  • UPLB – University of the Philippines, Los Baños
  • UST – University of Santo Tomas
  • VMUF – Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation
  • XU – Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan


  • BLISS – Bagong Lipunan Improvement of Sites and Services
  • HUKBALAHAP – Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon (People’s Army Against the Japanese)
  • MILF – Moro Islamic Liberation Front
  • MOA – Mall of Asia
  • NAMFREL – National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections
  • PCAC – Presidential Complaints and Action Committee
  • RAM – Reform the AFP Movement (Tagalog – Rebolusyong Aksyong Makabayan)

Published - December 2013

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